ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: nacreous

nacreous (ˈneɪkrɪəs), adj.
1. Consisting of or resembling mother-of-pearl
2. Iridescent or opalescent.

Etymology:  nacre is another word for mother-of-pearl, the iridescent inner layer of some mollusk shells.  'Nacre' appears to come from French.

When I was young, I would spend every summer day in the woods by the river, often collecting shells.  A particularly nacreous shell was nice, but even better was to find two halves that fit together:  I'd take those home, with plans of turning them into fancy boxes.  Mom was very tolerant of me repeatedly surrounding the bathroom sink with freshly-scrubbed shells and rocks.
Tags: adj, french, n, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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